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Dr Felicity Healey-Benson BSc, PGCE, MBA, MA (HRM), DBA, FHEA. 

  • IICED Entrepreneurial Learning Champion (Publications, Projects, and Collaborations)
  • Lecturer in Entrepreneurship

Tel: 01792 481163
E-mail: felicity.healey-benson@uwtsd.ac.uk

Entrepreneurial Learning Champion with responsibility for Publications, Projects, and Collaborations. I bring a persuasive and energetic communication of ideas, written and oral. Passionate about building and nurturing relationships and networks, I help build the community within our entrepreneurship projects.

I have taught across a breadth of undergraduate- and postgraduate-level modules (online and face-to-face) within the Business, Sustainability Leadership, and Entrepreneurship portfolios. I am the Project Lead Wales for EntreCompEdu, an Erasmus+ project.

I am at the final stage of my doctoral candidacy at UWTSD, having undertaken a three-year phenomenological research study on the lived experiences of educators facilitating higher-order thinking skills.

As part of my role at IICED I am a member of the Erasmus+ funded EntreCompEdu Steering Group, which aims to develop teachers’ entrepreneurial education skills through global access online continuing professional development (CPD) underpinned by the European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework.

I am passionate about sustainability and am co-founder of the UWTSD spin-out the Harmonious Entrepreneurship Society (also co-director of Harmonious Sustainability Ltd.) along with Professor David A. Kirby.

A writer and academic entrepreneur, I founded Emergent Thinkers.com which identifies and shares new educational and business practices to promote sustainability and support wider economic and social development.

I also am also co-founder of hanfod.NL  with Dr Mike Johnson which seeds a vibrant community of phenomenological enquiry within the broad context that is networked learning.

As an experienced Kaizen Technician and Engineer and Learning and Development professional, I have supported culture change and the embedding of continuous improvement principles. I have engaged in skills development in management and leadership from the shop floor to the boardroom across a breadth of sectors to support improved personal and organisational performance before migrating into education.

Critical, creative and caring thinking, entrepreneurial learning and harmonious entrepreneurship with education are now priority areas of focus.

  • Qualifications: BSc, PGCE, MBA, MA (HRM), PG Dip CIPD, Dip. NLP, SAC. Dip, Academic Assoc. CIPD, Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy 
  • Academic Associate Member of Chartered Institute of  Personnel and Development
  • Associate Member of Chartered Institute of  Marketing
  • Higher Education Academy Fellowship
  • Co-founder & C-director (with Professor David A. Kirby): The Harmonious Entrepreneurship Society (Ltd.)
  • Co-founder: Hanfod.NL (with Dr Mike Johnson)(phenomenology learned society)
  • Member of the EntreCompEdu Steering Group
  • Primary School Governor
  • Parent Governor Representative on the Education and Children Scrutiny Committee, Carmarthenshire County Council
  • ICDE (International Council for Open and Distance Education) Membership
  • EDEN (European Distance & Learning Network) Membership
  • The British Society for Phenomenology Membership
  • Treasurer: hanfod.NL
  • Co-Chair of Hanfod Networked Learning Event 2021 (#hNL21)
  • The Society for Coaching at Wales Academy of Professional Practice and Applied Research Member
  • Member of The Sustainability Network
  • Member of the Enterprising Women in Ed Network
  • Member of the Scientific Association for Entrepreneurship Education

I have expertise in online distance learning, including the development of critical and creative thinking skills. My undergraduate and postgraduate portfolio includes human resources, leadership and management, business and enterprise, entrepreneurship, marketing, sustainability, and qualifications accredited by the CIPD, CIPS, CIM, CMI, and ACCA.

Along with Paul Ranson and Hazel Israel, I developed the new online PG CERT in Enterprise Skills 2022.

  • Part-time Doctoral candidate (DBA). Submit October 2022
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Harmonious Entrepreneurship
  • Phenomenology
  • The development of the 4IR Educator
  • Complexity Theory
  • Critical Thinking and Creative Thinking skill development
  • Innovative Pedagogy and Technology-based Assessment
  • Online/Distance Learning
  • Applied Sustainability
  • Entrepreneurship Projects including Project Lead Wales of six-country Erasmus+ project, EntreCompEdu (implementation of a global online CPD tool for educators
  • Helped Dafen Primary School achieved EntreCompEdu Whole School Pioneer Award
  • Co-founder of Hanfod.NL
  • Co-found of Harmonious Entrepreneurship Society (Ltd.)
  • Founder of Emergent Thinkers
  • Founder of Pirates in Education (promoting positive challenge and ‘changer-maker’ behaviour in education) 
  • In addition to consultancy projects with private and not-for-profit clients, roles held within Unipart, Metapack, the Gwalia Group, and Amazon, I have delivered business consultancy support aligned with University accredited training and development for in-house bespoke staff development.

In addition to ongoing content published on EmergentThinkers.com, harmonious-entrepreneurship.org, hanfod.NL, and various educational websites, I have published the following:


Kirby, D.A., Penaluna, K., & Healey-Benson, F. (2022). 40 Years of Entrepreneurship Educations. UWTSD. https://issuu.com/trinitysaintdavid/docs/40-year-booklet-english_issuu

Kirby, D.A, El-Kaffass, I., & Healey-Benson, F. (2022). Integrating Harmonious Entrepreneurship into the Curriculum: Addressing the Sustainability Grand Challenge. In K.A. Gamage & N. Gunawardhana , N. (Eds), The Wiley Handbook of Sustainability in Higher Education Learning and Teaching. Wiley-Blackwell. 

Healey-Benson, F. (2021). Authentic Vlogs. In S. Hrastinski, (Ed.), Designing Courses with Digital Technologies: Insights and Examples from Higher Education (pp. 188-122). Routledge.

Contributed to, and supported the editing of Mr Tay Kay Luan’s 2019 book, Applying Sustainability: Principles and Practices.

Healey-Benson, F. (2019). Sustainability and education. In T. Kay Luan, Applying Sustainability: Principles & Practices. Partridge: USA

Healey-Benson, F. (2019). Humans versus robots. Chapter 27. In T. Kay Luan, Applying Sustainability: Principles & Practices. Partridge: USA

Selected Research

Healey-Benson, F., Kirby, D.A., & Omar, N.N. (2022). The Harmonious Entrepreneurship Online Student Competition – laying the foundation for a sustainable future. The 16th International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference (IEEC), Swansea, 7-9th September 2022.

Kirby, D.A., El-Kaffass, I. & Healey-Benson, F. (2022). A new harmonised approach to sustainability: implications for entrepreneurial leadership in the Middle East and globally. Management & Sustainability: An Arab Review, 1(2), 127-138. https://doi.org/10.1108/MSAR-02-2022-0014

Oksanen, L., Healey-Benson, F., & McCallum, E. (2022). Take a Chance on CPD! How One School Put its Faith in the EntreCompEdu CPD Programme and Developed Whole-School Collective Entrepreneurial Education. Kwartalnik Pedagogiczny (Education Research Quarterly), 4(262), 138-162. https://kwartalnikpedagogiczny.pl/resources/html/article/details?id=230133

Kirby, D.A., El-Kaffass, I. and Healey-Benson, F. (2022). Harmonious entrepreneurship: evolution from wealth creation to sustainable development. Journal of Management History. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMH-11-2021-0060

Healey-Benson, F., Johnson, M.R., Adams, C. &  Turville, J. (2022). What it is like for a learner to participate in a Zoom Breakout Room. Proceedings for the Thirteenth International Conference on Networked Learning 2022, , Sundsvall, Sweden, 16-18 May 2022. Edited by: Jaldemark, J., Håkansson Lindqvist, M., Mozelius, P., Öberg, A., De Laat, M., Dohn, N.B., Ryberg. https://www.networkedlearning.aau.dk/NLC2022/Submissions/Symposia/#534592

Healey-Benson, F., McCallum, E. & Oksanen, L. (2021). EntrecompEdu: a framework for on-line training for developing entrepreneurial educators. Yrittäjyyskasvatuspäivät 2021, Rovaniemi, Finland, 29-30 September 2021.

Kirby, D., Healey-Benson, F. & Penaluna, K. (2021). Entrepreneurship and the Sustainability Challenge: the need for a systematic approach to entrepreneurship Education. IEEC2021, Enterprise Educators UK, 8-10 September 2021.

Kirby, D.A, Healey-Benson, F. & Ranson, P. (2021). Harmonious Entrepreneurship for resilient communities. Nexus + Conference, UWTSD, Wales, 2nd July 2021.

Penaluna, K, Healey-Benson, F.& Omar, N. (2021). Entrepreneurial Resilience – strengthening the educator and graduate pipeline. Nexus + Conference, UWTSD, Wales, 1st July 2021.

Singleton, T. , Muldoon, F. & Healey-Benson, F. (2021). Whole School EntreCompEdu Pioneers, Dafen Primary School, Wales. EntreCompEdu Café Webinar Series,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLXB-gPiONQ , 22nd June 2021. Creative Comms Attribution.

Healey-Benson, F. (2020). The importance of networks when navigating the phenomenological terrain as a novice researcher. Vitae Connections Week 2020, 14th-17th September 2020, https://connectionsweek2020.vitae.ac.uk

Healey-Benson, F. (2020). Navigating the phenomenological and phenomenographic terrain as a doctoral student in a networked learning context.  Networked Learning Conference 2020, 18-20 May 2020, orig. Denmark, migrated online. Round Table 3, 19th May 2020. Available: https://www.networkedlearning.aau.dk/nlc2020/submissions/round-tables/#469283 .

Healey-Benson, F. (2020). Vlog: A Key Tool For Business & Education In Crises’, Icde Partners And Members Recommendations For Distance And Online Teaching, ICDE. Available: https://Www.Icde.Org/Recommendations-For-Distance-Teaching [See also: https://emergentthinkers.com/2020/03/15/the-vlog-a-key-tool-for-business-education-in-crises/]

Healey-Benson, F. (2020). Success Story 1 – Vlogging’ in ‘The ‘What’, ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of Technology-Enhanced Assessment Seminar. Dublin City University Teaching Enhancement Unit, National Institute for Digital Learning, 5th March 2020.

Healey-Benson, F. (2019). Technology-Enhanced Assessment – Exemplar 1. In R. Lowney & S. Stone S (Eds.). Crowd-sourcing an OER: Exemplars and Case Studies of Technology-Enhanced Assessment’ [367], ALT (Association of Learning Technologies) Winter Conference 2019, 11-12 December 2019.

Healey-Benson, F. (2019).To Vlog or Not to Vlog*. ICDE’s 28th World Conference on Online Learning, Dublin, Ireland, 4-7th November 2019. In Brown, M., Nic Giolla Mhichil, M., Beirne, E., & Costello, E. (eds.) (2020), Proceedings of the 2019 ICDE World Conference on Online Learning, Volume 2, Dublin City University, Dublin. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3804256

*Short-listed by the Sponsors of the WCOL (800+ delegates from over 80 countries) as ‘Best Concise Paper’ of the Conference

Healey-Benson, F. (2019). The Influence of Online Discussion for Critical Thinking Skill Development. Wales NEXUS Conference 2019, University of Wales, Swansea, 11th July 2019. Abstract: https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/wales-nexus-conference-2019/abstracts-/influence-of-online-discussion-design-for-critical-skill-thinking-development/ .

Healey-Benson, F. (2019). Beat the data tidal wave: make it visual.  Advance HE, 5th March 2019. Available: https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/news-and-views/beat-the-data-tidal-wave

Griffiths, D., Lewis, R. & Healey-Benson, F. (2016). Who will account for will.  University Forum for Human Resource Development, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, June 8-10th 2016.

Healey-Benson, F. (2013). The potential need for L&D intervention to facilitate lecturer customer-orientation towards students.  MA HRM, University of Wales Trinity St. David, Swansea.

Williams, M.D., Collins, J., Healey, F. & Beynon-Davies, P. (2003). Promoting the Adoption of e-Commerce and ICT by SMEs in Wales, Co-ordination and Co-opetition: the IS role. UKAIS (UK Academy for Informational Systems) Conference, University of Warwick, Warwick,  April 9-11th 2003.

Healey, F. (2002). The design/impact of ICT/e-commerce initiatives funded through European Funds on Welsh SMEs. MBA, Swansea University. Used by the National Assembly for Wales.